Cardiac and Stroke Emergencies
Adapted from the American Heart Association
Heart Attack Warning Signs
As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting, and back or jaw pain.
Stroke Warning Signs
If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these symptoms, call 511 from a campus phone, (215) 573-3333 from any other phone in the Penn Patrol Zone, or 911 outside of the Penn Patrol Zone. Even if you are not sure you are experiencing a heart attack or stroke, it is always better to err on the side of caution – not all patients experience all of the warning signs, and some of the symptoms may come and go. New medical treatments and medications can benefit heart attack and stroke victims immensely, but they must be given relatively quickly after the heart attack or stroke symptoms first appear.
Cardiac Arrest Signs
Cardiac arrest occurs suddenly and without warning. If you know CPR, begin it immediately while somebody calls 511 from a campus phone, (215) 573-3333 from any other phone in the Penn Patrol Zone, or 911 outside of the Penn Patrol Zone. Many campus buildings have AEDs (check below) – if one is nearby, turn on the AED and follow the spoken instructors to check for a shockable rhythm. If MERT is called, they will arrive with an AED and continue CPR until the patient can be transported to the nearest hospital.
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